The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 4998, the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019. There is no comparable Senate bill at this time.
H.R. 4998 would require the FCC to develop and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security and prohibit the use of Federal funds administered by the FCC to purchase, rent, lease, or otherwise obtain such equipment and services.
The legislation also establishes the Secure and Trusted Communications Reimbursement Program to assist small communications providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment and services from their networks and replacing prohibited equipment with more secure communications equipment and services.
A summary of this legislation is provided.
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